“I was worried about playing this show,” Ben Gibbard told the crowd at Glenside’s Keswick Theater last night. “I mean, not worried about being here, but more what kind of vibe today would have. But I’m very happy right now.”
Maybe it was because he was on post-Election Day cloud nine, or maybe it’s just the format of the tour, but this solo appearance had a loose mood and lively personality that we rarely get to see from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman.
For all its epic songs and their transcendent peaks and valleys, the Seattle band – historically speaking – is kind of a drag in concert. Over the years, they’ve repeatedly come off as too locked-in, too stiff, evidently unmoved and maybe even kinda bored by their own spectacular music. When Gibbard did banter with the crowd at those full-band shows, there was an air of detachment.
Death Cab for Cutie front man Benjamin Gibbard releases his solo debut album, Former Lives, on October 16th. He just released another song from the album, which you can listen to below. We’re digging the old-timey, cowhand lazy waltz vibe of the song. Gibbard plays the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday, November 7th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first full-length solo album, Former Lives, on October 16, and his tour in support of it brings him through Philadelphia on November 7 for an appearance at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. This week, the folks at NPR Music‘s All Songs Considered included the album in their fall preview, and highlighted the song “Bigger Than Love” – breathtaking duet between Gibbard and Aimee Mann. Listen to the song here, and download the earlier single “Teardrop Windows” here.
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will play a solo show at the Keswick Theatre on November 17th in support of his new solo album, Former Lives. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at noon. Watch a video of Gibbard playing an acoustic rendition of “Title Track” at South By Southwest in 2010 below.